16 days in Amsterdam, Giethoorn & Brussels Itinerary

16 days in Amsterdam, Giethoorn & Brussels Itinerary

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16 days in Amsterdam, Giethoorn & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly:  9​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Giethoorn, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Manama, Bahrain

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Attractions like ARTIS and NEMO Science Museum make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and get your game on at VR GameHouse Amsterdam.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam itinerary builder tool .

Manama, Bahrain to Amsterdam is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Manama in July, things will get much colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum

3
nights
Giethoorn, Holland

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Bring the kids along to Walibi Holland and Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen. Get out of town with these interesting Giethoorn side-trips: Kamp Westerbork (in Hooghalen) and Slagharen (in Slagharen).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Giethoorn itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Giethoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Giethoorn can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 29th (Mon), you're off toBrussels.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Slagharen, Walibi Holland, Kamp Westerbork, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen
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Walibi Holland ©
Walibi Holland
Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen ©
Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen
Slagharen ©
Slagharen

6
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Bring the kids along to Mini-Europe and Atomium. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette), Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent) and Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, Basilica of the Holy Blood, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Grand Place, contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brussels travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Brussels takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Pairi Daiza, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

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